The Sad Beginning of Obama’s “Veto Era”

Apparently, a new era of Obama’s presidency has begun: The veto era. Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey report for the LA Times: Obama’s rejection of a bill that would have ordered approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline came with minimal fanfare. The White House did not even publicly release word of the decision, which…
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Three Days, Three Jobs Bills – The House is Getting Things Done

It was a great week in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, hardly anyone—even those who follow current events—could tell you why. I scoured the internet looking for some mention of the events that took place in Congress over the past five days only to come up empty. So what is this big thing that happened…
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McConnell, Senate Republicans Fulfill Promise Of Open Debate

After finding out that Republicans had won a majority of the seats in the U.S. Senate Mitch McConnell—the presumptive majority leader—immediately laid out his priorities. “The first thing I need to do is get the Senate back to normal, and that means working more,” McConnell said. The goal was to strike a balance between open…
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Obama Won’t Work Across the Aisle, Did We Really Expect Him to Cross the Atlantic?

President Obama should have been in Paris. More than 1.5 million people, including more than 40 presidents and prime ministers, showed up to march in defiance of terror and to show unity in the face of fear. It was noticeable then that the purported leader of the free world could not take time to rally…
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Keystone XL: Good Policy Plagued by Bad Politics

The history of the Keystone XL pipeline is a sordid tale of politics at its worst. In 2011, President Obama delayed the decision until after the 2012 presidential elections, citing the fact that he was concerned about the route the pipeline took. TransCanada, who is constructing the pipeline, promptly worked to change the route. With…
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House Passes Two Bipartisan Bills, White House Issues Three Veto Threats

The new Republican majority didn’t waste much time getting down to business. Just days after taking their seats the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed two bills to ameliorate troublesome aspects of the president’s health care law. The first, passed unanimously, was the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill that excludes veterans from the employer mandate…
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Republicans Reach for Bipartisanship, Obama Grabs the Veto Stamp

As the curtain lifts on the new Congress, a new political drama appears brewing in the wings of Washington. Over the past four years the media has crafted a story in which do-gooder Democrats fought the good fight against the GOP’s intransigence. There were heroes (President Obama), there were villains (Mitch McConnell), and there were…
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Mary Landrieu’s Keystone “Hail Mary” Is Destined to Fall Short

Senate Democrats refused to take a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline when it “only” meant high-paying American jobs, a secure energy source, and a negligible impact on carbon emissions. But now that it may help Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s reelection chances they are suddenly rethinking that decision. At this point Election Day seems like…
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Keystone XL Opposition: A Case Study in What’s Wrong with Washington

The debate over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline—the infrastructure project to carry oil from Canada to the US—has been a fascinating glimpse into the sausage-making of the legislative process. The merits of the policy are in little doubt – report after report by the State Department has found that the pipeline poses little…
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Keystone Pipeline Delayed Again, Because Politics

The Obama Administration has once again punted a final decision of the much-ballyhooed Keystone XL pipeline until after the contentious 2014 elections. This is not the first time this White House has refused to make a decision for political reasons. In 2011, Obama delayed the decision until after the 2012 presidential elections, citing the fact…
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